Anne Jefferson

Anne Jefferson

Associate Professor
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No office hours Fall 2019
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My research focuses on watershed hydrology, groundwater-surface water interactions, and landscape evolution in human-altered and volcanic landscapes. Current projects focus on green infrastructure, stormwater management, and stream restoration. Much of my research is field-based, but my group also makes use of stable isotope analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and hydrologic modeling. I have expertise in fluvial geomorphology and landscape evolution, which implicitly and explicitly informs my research. For more information, please see my website.



Ph.D. in Geology, Oregon State University, 2006, M.S. in Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, 2002, B.A. in Earth & Planetary Science, John Hopkins University, 2001


hydrology, streams and rivers, groundwater, stormwater management, landscape change, stormwater, green infrastructure, socio-hydrology, urban streams and watersheds, water resources and hydrology, storm water and urban watersheds, human-altered landscapes, climate change impacts


  • Blauch, G. and Jefferson, A.J., 2019., If a tree falls in an urban stream, does it stick around? Mobility, characteristics, and geomorphic influence of large wood in urban streams in northeastern Ohio, USA., Geomorphology. 337: 1—14.
  • Scarlett, R., McMillan, S.K., Bell, C.D., Clinton, S.M., Jefferson, A.J., and Rao, S. 2019. Influence of Stormwater Control Measures on Water Quality at Nested Sites in a Small Suburban Watershed. Urban Water Journal.
  • Jefferson, A.J., Kenney, M., Hill, T., and Selin, N. 2018. Universities Can Lead the Way Supporting Engaged Geoscientists. Eos. 99
  • Singer, D.M., Jefferson, A.J., Traub, E.L., and Perdrial, N. 2018. Mineralogical and geochemical variation in stream sediments impacted by acid mine drainage is related to hydro-geomorphic setting. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 6(1): 31
  • Jefferson, A.J., Bhaskar, A., Fanelli, R., Hopkins, K.G., Avellaneda, P.M., and McMillan, S.K. 2017. Stormwater management network effectiveness and implications for urban watershed function: a critical review. Hydrological Processes. 31 (23): 4056–408
  • Avellaneda, P.M., Jefferson, A.J., Grieser, J.M., and Bush, S.A., 2017. Simulation of the cumulative hydrological response to green infrastructure. Water Resources Research. 53
  • Bell, C.D., McMillan, S.K., Clinton, S.M., and Jefferson, A.J., 2017. Characterizing the Effects of Stormwater Mitigation on Nutrient Export and Stream Concentrations. Environmental Management. 59: 604
  • Thapaliya, D., Hellwig, E.J., Kadariya, J., Grenier, D., Jefferson, A.J., et al., 2017. Prevalence and characterization of Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Prevalence and characterization of Staphylococcus aureus and methicil
  • Bell, C.D., McMillan, S.K., Clinton, S.M., and Jefferson, A.J. 2016. Hydrologic response to stormwater control measures in urban watersheds. Journal of Hydrology. 541: 1488-1500
  • Turner, V.K., Jarden, K.M., and Jefferson, A.J. 2016. Resident perspectives on green infrastructure in an experimental suburban stormwater management program. Cities and the Environment, 9(1): art. 4


  • Kent State University Student Accessibility Services, May 2019
  • “Mothers, Mentors, and Muses” award, Kent State University Women’s Center, April 2019
  • Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2016-2017
  • Inclusion in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activity collection, based on review of the “Take A Hike Assignment”, 2013
  • First prize poster: "Hands-on Experiences with Stable Isotopes in the Geosciences Curriculum", 2014, Kent State University 21st Annual Conference Celebrating Teaching


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative, Healthy Communities Research Initiative